Regio (Germany)

If you will be taking a journey by these Gerrman Regio trains our guide will tell you all the key things you need to know, from booking and using tickets, to making the most of the journey experience.

The trains used on Regio services come in many shapes and sizes, as they fulfil different functions across the German rail network.
 
Some are double deck, others are single deck, some are very new, while others offer a retro travelling experience.

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Regio train SERVICES can be broadly divided into four categories:

(1) Those that follow the routes of IC and ICE express trains, but stop at stations (including some airport/flughafen stations) that IC/ICE trains skip -  so are slower than the express trains.

(2) Trains that link multiple towns in built up areas, on routes that usually aren’t taken by IC or ICE trains;

(3) Semi-fast cross country trains in more rural areas

(the Regio trains that use double deck coaches are most often found on these three types of services).

(4) ‘Local’ trains OUTSIDE of the major cities which call at every station - so rural branch line trains fall into this category.

Something to watch out for is that on certain routes some Regio trains can be faster than others because they skip stations, while the slower trains call at every station.

As a result it can be worth checking the arrival times of ‘R’ trains on the paper departure sheets.
A Regio train that leaves later than another, can actually reach its final destination sooner.

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Tickets:

What virtually* all Regio trains have in common is that seats can’t be reserved and that tickets aren’t discounted.

As  a result tickets for journeys by Regio trains aren't usually available online.
*some Regio services/routes to/from Munchen are the exception.

Book a ticket at the station for a journey by Regio trains and you can't then use it to travel by IC trains or ICE trains.


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